Explaining the existence of Pakistan…
A foreword from the author:
Pakistan has a special place in my heart, and I’ve never thought of it as just a geographical location. Pakistan is an idea, and ideas cannot be killed. They’ll always find a way to resurface and challenge illegal and often tyrannical “authorities” who seek to control the minds of men and women who think freely and cherish freedom.
This idea is what the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave us 1440 years ago. His words, the words of the Koran, and all that happened in between will always be a guiding light for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. All who cherish and value freedom over security and social welfare cheques will always find inspiration from the Prophet of Islam and the Creator of the Universe who has given us the Magnificent Koran through Muhammad (PBUH).
His words and deeds are so magnificent and grand in size that it’s impossible to eclipse them with any cheap substitutes. As such, Pakistan itself is an expression of love towards the Creator and the last Prophet that He sent to guide humanity towards His glory and freedom from all tyranny and evil.
Chapter 1: The beginning that changed the future of humanity
In order to understand the existence of Pakistan, one has to go back all the way to when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was still alive and spreading the message of Islam throughout Arabia.
The reason why we need this critical piece of information in order to fully understand the ‘WHY’ behind Pakistan is because, without it, Pakistan is nothing more than a geographical piece of land with no defined ideology or purpose of existence.
When Angel Gabriel spoke to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for the first time, he uttered these words:
The words begin “Iqra!” meaning ‘Read!’ and the rest follows as “bi isme rabi kalazi khalaq” meaning ‘In the name of your lord, who created…”
One can only imagine the bewilderment of the Prophet when he first saw the Angelic being speaking to him.
But since that time, and all that happened in between, he was given the ultimate knowledge of society building and to worship the one, true, God.
Before his time, Arabs were burying their daughters alive from the shame they felt because of their existence. That was pre-Islamic Arabia.
Divided, paranoid, and ignored by more civilized nations.
However, the Islamic Arabia was vastly different than the one that had preceded it.
Women were able to become important ministers who advised the Caliphs on many important matters.
They were allowed to have property and education, and many important female personalities ended up laying the foundation of the modern society where education and healthcare hold primary importance after military perseverance and rule of law.
Under an Islamic rule, the economy is structured as follows:
- Devaluation of the currency is not allowed under any circumstance(s) nor its valuation (meaning increasing it’s worth)
- Every private entity (meaning citizen) is responsible for the hard work they put in towards their contribution to society as a whole
- All people whether male or female are encouraged to become more educated and help in the advancement of society in economic terms
- Lagging behind for a citizen is not allowed, as any citizen who lags behind is helped by the society and designated as recipient of welfare due to genuine circumstances
- Social welfare is looked after by recycling the money throughout a country and money is not allowed to be held by only a few people at a time
- Zakat (or Federal savings tax) is mandated at a minimum of 2.5% and no more than this. Taxing any more than the given amount is considered illegal but citizens can make a bigger pledge should they feel they can contribute more towards the security and well-being of their fellow citizens
- Income tax is outlawed and cannot be mandated under any circumstances except if the very survival of the state itself is in severe jeopardy
- Gold and Silver (and to a lesser extent Copper) is the mandated currency of the state. However, citizens can make contributions which make the flow of currency much easier such as the example in Muslim Spain (where paper currency was originally invented)
Law and jurisprudence are structured under the following mandate:
- The judge must be a learned man/woman of verifiable merits
- The judge must be impartial when passing a judgment no matter who is standing in front of them (be they head of state)
- Justice must be done in whatever the circumstance is presented
- Serious crimes carry serious penalties like murder, spreading chaos, or committing treason (in case of murder, if the family of the slain wishes to forgive; it is better for them as mandated by the Koran, spreading chaos or committing treason are unforgivable offenses, and the guilty must be put to death)
- Laws must be adhered to and upheld according to the mandate of the Koran and what rules are passed as laws by the state by the given mandate
- It is the duty of every citizen to uphold the law not just the judiciary or the state organs such as the police and the military
Social well-being and justice must be upheld in all scenarios, but the society really shines when:
- The social well-being of every person is looked after by all the citizens
- It’s the duty of every citizen to make sure that no injustice is being committed near them nor near their vicinity or neighborhood
- It’s the responsibility of the state organs to allow freedom of social movement and speech. Freedom of practice of religion and peaceful assembly are exempted from this rule to a small degree
- Every citizen is responsible for their own protection unless the state is already acting as a deterrent against enemy forces.
- Every citizen is responsible for carrying their own weapon and making sure that no serious crime is committed or that its probability is reduced
- All citizens are responsible for showing social etiquette and benevolence to each other. The head of state is not exempted from this rule
- Freedom of economic well-being is the responsibility of the state organs and every citizen is responsible for their share of contributions towards social causes
No man or woman is given an advantage over the other. The society and the state deal with everyone fairly to the best of their abilities whereas keeping in mind that no injustice is ever committed against anyone.
Doing so can have serious consequences for the jurors or the people carrying out the decision. Therefore, every person is responsible for what they say and do in all circumstances.
These are the only the surface level mandates and societal reforms that the Koran has mentioned.
We’ll go into them further in detail but these are the main ones which must be looked after no matter the circumstance.
And these are the very laws and governance mechanisms that were implemented by the Muslim government of Continental India before the British came over and changed the country’s shape.
This is what Pakistan stands for and always will. Having a few bad apples or corrupt, and despotic government officials doesn’t mean that the entire nation is worthless garbage.
It means that the citizens have erred in ways that shouldn’t have been allowed.
Their collective smaller mistakes added up and became a giant ball of disaster that has all but annihilated the Pakistani community within Pakistan itself.
Looking at the letter and spirit of the founding of the nation, however, one can easily tell that the country exists for a much noble purpose, one that it has yet to fulfill.
The true spirit of Pakistan is to fulfill the purpose for which it was created, and show humanity the beacon of light that it so desperately needs in the 21st century (and beyond).
[End Chapter 1]